Recording "Take It Away", "Average Person"

February 16-18, 1981 • For Paul McCartney

Part of

"Tug Of War" sessions at AIR Studios, Montserrat

February 2 till March 3, 1981 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Tug Of War

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Tug Of War Official album.
AIR Studios, Montserrat

Master release

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Stanley [Clarke] and I had worked together before. I did a few albums with him, and we worked together with Chick Corea. He was someone familiar that I knew and felt comfortable with. I had worked with Ringo before, but never with Paul. The call came in, and I said I’d love to work with him. I’d never been to Montserrat before, so I was looking forward to it. […] I’d never worked with George Martin before, and I’d never met Geoff Emerick, so it was a whole new experience. That was the first time I ever met Denny Laine, and it was the first time I met Paul and Linda and the kids. It was pretty exciting. Ringo was also there, and Ringo and I played on the tracks together.

[…] Everybody just took care of business. The music played us, you know? It wasn’t like they were putting everything under a microscope; they just wanted the music to feel good. It was really a very enjoyable experience. We struck up a friendship.

Steve Gadd, from Tug Of War Archive Collection, 2015

They rented a sailboat one day, and we went and sailed to this beach, had a picnic and waterskied. They really went out of their way to entertain us. I’ve got a lot of good memories of that project.

Steve Gadd, from Tug Of War Archive Collection, 2015

Last updated on May 9, 2020

Songs recorded


Take It Away

Written by Paul McCartney



Average Person

Written by Paul McCartney



Dress Me Up As A Robber

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Unreleased alternate take

Unreleased track



Ringo Starr:
Steve Gadd:

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